DRAPER — A Draper fire battalion chief was critically injured while he was responding to a crash Thursday evening and another vehicle hit him, troopers said.
The accident occurred about 8 p.m. after a trooper called for backup on a two-car crash in the southbound lanes of I-15 at 14600 South near the Bluffdale exit, the Utah Highway Patrol said.
One crashed car was on the right shoulder and the other was by the median. The battalion chief arrived to help move the vehicle by the median to the right shoulder, troopers said.1 comment on this story
While the battalion chief was checking on people inside the car, another car on the freeway lost control and spun out, the UHP said.
The car that lost control then hit the battalion chief and pinned him to the car that was already crashed at the median, troopers said.
He was flown to Intermountain Medical Center in Murray.
Southbound traffic in the area was shut down after the accident while troopers investigate.
Thursday's accident marks the second tragic accident to hit Draper firefighters this year. In August, Battalion Chief Matt Burchett was killed in California while helping fight a wildfire there.